Get into Bed with C.H. Admirand (Author Interview)

by Keira on November 9, 2012 · 27 comments

in A-C, Author Interviews, Contests, Small Town

A Wedding in Apple Grove Cover

Keira: A Wedding in Apple Grove marks the start of a new series for you, as well as a new romance subgenre—small town romance! What drew you to writing these new books?

CA: My editor asked if I’d be interested in writing a small town series for Sourcebooks, so of course I said yes! The lake community we’ve lived in the for the last 30 years was like living in a small town, where everyone knew everyone else’s business, five of us were pregnant with our first babies at the same time—our kids went to preschool together and graduated from high school together. Although I was born in South Carolina, I grew up on Cedar Hill—a small neighborhood of about 25 homes in Wayne, NJ. We were isolated from the rest of the town, because all of the streets were dead ends—if you didn’t live on Cedar Hill, you really didn’t have a reason to drive up there. IMHO small neighborhoods and small towns have a lot in common. We’ve always tried to help our neighbors and friends whenever possible and were often on the receiving end as well—that is one of my favorite aspects to write about.

Keira: The heroine, Megan, is a handyman—or should we say handywoman! What made you decide to give her this profession most people identify with men? Any handy tips you have to offer our readers?

CA: I thought it would be a nice twist, besides I happen to know quite a few women who have had to learn to be handy when their men weren’t around to fix what needed fixing. Growing up my mom was the one who installed the chair rail in our dining room, among other things. I’m married to a very handy man and am so grateful that he is. There is always something that needs to be fixed or tinkered with in our house. The first thing I learned how to do is sheetrock and spackle when we first moved in. The last project we did was installing one of those laminated wood floors in our kitchen last year. One very important thing I’ve learned over the years is NOT to take photos every step of the way during a project—the memory of the framing for the shower plumbing flying past me down the cellar stairs was all the clue I needed to take pictures before—and when my hubby went outside for more parts or in the cellar for more tools—and of course after—NOT during!

Keira: Dan is the new guy in town, and everyone wants to know everything about him! What are three things that you might assume about him at first, but learn are totally different once you get to know him?

CA: He is a city boy and won’t be able to adapt to small town living, he has a girlfriend back home, he won’t stick. He proves everyone wrong almost as soon as he arrives in town—but I don’t want to spoil the book for those that haven’t read it yet!

Keira: The story begins with a wedding, and readers are introduced to a vibrant cast of side characters! Please introduce us to a few of your favorite Apple Grove residents.

CA: I love Miss Trudi Philo—one of the town’s octogenarians—she owns Trudi’s Garden Center and can be seen around town in her khaki jodphers, white button-down collar shirt, and wellies. Then there’s Honey B. Harrington—who owns Honey’s Hair Salon—she has a unique way of advertising by changing her hair color once a week…well she’s secretly hoping to snag the attention of Apple Grove’s sheriff, Mitch Wallace, but he’s a little slow to catch on. Then there’s the sheriff who rescued Meg from the crow’s nest over at McCormack’s farm when she was a kid—and he the deputy—he claims Meg was his first juvenile delinquent rescue.

Keira: What motivated you to become a published romance author?

CA: I’m a huge fan of romance that began reading Phyllis A. Whitney’s book LOST ISLAND when I was twelve or thirteen. I’m addicted to the HEA. I’ve always loved to write poems and short stories, but hadn’t thought about writing a romance until the night I realized I’d read (and re-read) all of my books. My husband was the one who suggested that I write one of my own—and once that seed was planted, it was as if someone opened a window and a fresh wind blew through me…suddenly I had all of these ideas and characters that I wanted to write about. I know it is a gift that had been waiting for the right time and for me to figure out that it was there…waiting for me.

Keira: If you could cast your hero and heroine starring any actors (dead, alive, young, old, etc.), who would be your dream lead couple and why?

CA: One of my favorite pairings hands down would be John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara…I just loved their chemistry in so many of their movies, but especially in John Ford’s THE QUIET MAN. You could just feel the sparks between them—they seemed like real people, with real problems, even though they were starring on the silver screen.

Keira: There’s a very cool classic car on the cover of A Wedding in Apple Grove. What kind of car would you have if money was no option?

CA: I’ve always loved classic cars and trucks. I’d love to have a black 1950 Ford F1 pickup truck, but I’d settle for the newer Ford F100…like the one Rick Dale drives on the History Channel’s American Restoration show—his is a 1951 F100 pickup—in black!

Keira: Please tell us where readers can find you on the web, and what’s coming next for you!

CA: My website is http://www.chadmirand.com blog: http://www.romanceauthor-chadmirand.blogspot.com http://www.twitter.com/CHAdmirand http://www.facebook.com/pages/CH-Admirand/493436157349635or http://www.facebook.com/CH.Admirand Book two in my small town series: ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE will be releasing in June 2013 and book three: WELCOME BACK TO APPLE GROVE will be releasing in December 2013. In between I have to really cool things happening—firsts for me: A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE will be released in large print in April and my first digital comic: BRING EM BACK ALIVE (my historical western romance—which continues my Irish Western Series) will be released in March. In April during RT’s Graphic Novel & E-Book Expo, a special print version will be available. I can’t wait!

A WEDDING IN APPLE GROVE BY C.H. ADMIRAND – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012

He’s not so sure about small town life.

She can’t imagine living anywhere else.

Welcome to Apple Grove, Ohio (population 597), where everyone has your best interests at heart, even if they can’t agree on the best way to meddle. When the townsfolk of Apple Grove need handiwork done, there’s no job too small for the Mulcahy sisters: Megan, Caitlin, and Grace.

Specializing in hard work and family loyalty, tomboy Meg Mulcahy has left behind any girlhood reams of romance. Enter newcomer Daniel Eagan, looking to bury his own broken heart and make a new start. He’s surprised-and delighted-by the winsome girl with the mighty tool belt who shows up to fix his wiring.

But Dan’s got a lot to learn about life in a small town, and when Meg’s past collides with her future, it may take all 595 other residents of Apple Grove to keep this romance from short-circuiting.

Praise for A Wedding in Apple Grove:

“A terrifically fun read… With quick dialogue and a homey feel, this is a wonderful book to curl up with. Small-town romance at its best!” —RT Book Review, 4 Stars

Raw charm… one to read.” —Publishers Weekly

Sexy and fun… Admirand’s series will be popular, especially with fans of Susan Wiggs and Janet Chapman.” —Booklist

Buy: A Wedding in Apple Grove

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.H. ADMIRAND was born in Aiken, South Carolina, but grew up in New Jersey. She has been delighting readers with her Secret Life of Cowboys Series, featuring three cowboy brothers with Irish charm, and is now working on the next books in her small town contemporary romance series, featuring the town and quirky characters of Apple Grove, OH. She lives with her husband, who is the inspiration for all of her heroes’ best traits, in New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.CHAdmirand.com.

GIVEAWAY: 1 copy of A Wedding in Apple Grove. 1 winner, open to US and Canada only. Enter by leaving a comment or asking a question. Last day to enter: 11/16/2012.

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1 erinf1 November 9, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Thanks for the awesome post and congrats to CH on the new release! it sounds fantastic! I’m dying to read this! I love reading about small towns but I don’t think I’d want to live in one :)

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2 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Your comment about not wanting to live in a small town made me smile, Erinf1…and I really needed that! Thanks!

Sometimes it gets a bit tricky, especially when everyone can find out your business at the grocery store or by reading the ‘police blotter’ in our local paper :)

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3 Joanne B November 9, 2012 at 2:09 PM

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can’t wait to read it. Love stories with small towns in them. How many books will be in the series? Only the three or more?

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4 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Thanks, Joanne :) I’m really enjoying writing a series set in a small town. So far, there are 3 books in the series. I just turned in the edits on book 2 ONE DAY IN APPLE GROVE which comes out in June 2013 and I’m on deadline with book 3 WELCOME BACK TO APPLE GROVE which will release in December 2013…BUT…last week a couple of secondary characters got a bit pushy and insisted I write down the ideas for their stories. Fingers crossed I’ll be able to convince my editor to let me write them too :)

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5 Martha Lawson November 9, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I love small town romances, I guess cause I live in a small town!! This one sounds really good and I ‘d love to be entered to win. Thanks for the chance.

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6 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Thanks, Martha! How big is the town you live in? Just curious because so many people have different ideas of what constitutes a small town….but then again some towns that are not so small have a bunch of different communities in them. :)

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7 Teresa November 9, 2012 at 11:36 PM

Sounds like such a sweet and good book! Congrats on the new release, and to the start of an awesome new series!!!

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8 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Hi Teresa, thanks :) I am really enjoying writing this series and fingers crossed readers won’t mind taking a break from reading about my last series for Sourcebooks…cowboys in Pleasure, Texas :)

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9 Abby November 9, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Woo hoo! Sounds like a super awesome book! Great interview, and congrats on the new book!

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10 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:17 AM

Thanks, Abby, but it was Keira who made it easy coming up with such interesting questions that were a pleasure to answer :)

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11 Abigail November 9, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Great interview! The new series sounds cute, and the book sounds fabulous. Can’t wait to read it!

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12 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Hi Abigail – thanks :) Fingers crossed that readers will enjoy this new direction for however long it lasts :)

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13 JenM November 10, 2012 at 12:04 AM

This sounds great. I love that the heroine is a handywoman. Luckily, I’ve got a handyman of my own, but I’ve learned so much from him. I still don’t want to do any of the repairs myself, but I know a lot more now about how basic things around the house work.

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14 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:20 AM

OMGoodness, JenM…I was chuckling reading your post. I have lived with the handiest of men for the last 33 years and have learned a lot from him too. Before I met him I had no idea how to sheetrock or spackle walls and last year before our daughter’s baby shower, we put down a wood laminate floor in our kitchen…looks pretty good :)

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15 Na S. November 10, 2012 at 12:17 AM

A city boy having to adjust to small-town living sounds wonderful. It’ll give me a chance to see how he adjust and learns. The cover is lovely :)

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16 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Hi Na! Thanks. I wanted to have both perspectives and I know it’s silly but I kept remembering one of our kids’ favorite stories when they were small The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse…their lives were so different and scary…it sounded like the perfect obstacle to throw in Dan’s path.

Thanks, Sourcebooks has amazing covers. :)

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17 Diane Sallans November 10, 2012 at 1:56 PM

I love small town series! I’ve been chatting a lot with my neighbors (those who live close & those from other areas in town) – we’ve been commiserating together about our Hurricane Sandy woes. I feel lucky that I just lost electric (tho the 10 days were not pleasant) and the trees that came down didn’t hurt my house. I hope you did ok with Sandy – so many people were devestated.

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18 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

OMGoodness, Diane…where do you live? We were without power for 10 days here in northern NJ…ten minutes from Greenwood Lake, NY. The internet was the killer though…13 days…but the poor utility workers had to bring in new telephone poles, wires and transformers and rebuilt everything in our neighborhood.

Isn’t it wonderful to have neighbors you can turn to? Sorry to hear about the trees that came down by you. We only lost one in our backyard that fell toward the backyard. But we were blocked at both ends of our street until my DH, both our sons, and a few neighbors decided to start cleaning up. Their plan was to make it easy for the utility workers to find the telephone poles. :)

I will be writing a blog and posting pics about the wrath of Sandy up here, but we were so much more fortunate than so many others who lost everything.

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19 Maureen November 10, 2012 at 2:04 PM

It’s a lovely cover and it looks like a good story.

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20 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Hi Maureen – thanks! The Art Department at Sourcebooks does an amazing job with all of the different sub-genres for the Casablanca line :)

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21 winnie November 11, 2012 at 12:36 AM

This looks like a fun read! Love that the heroine is a handywoman! :)

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22 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Hi Winne – I’ve wanted to write about the Mulcahy sisters for a while now. Only two of them are actually the handywomen…the youngest sisters hates to get her hands dirty. There are more women out there who have to fend for themselves on a daily basis and I wanted readers to embrace a heroine who has was some might consider a man’s job. :)

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23 C.H. Admirand November 11, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Hi Keira – thank you so much for your patience and understanding while we were without power for 10 days and without internet for 13.

I’m going to all of my virtual tour stops…one-at-a-time to reply to everyone who left a comment.

Thank you!!!

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24 Jen B. November 12, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Hey! Where did my comment go? Anyway, I just love The Secret Lives of Cowboys and i look forward to reading this. Your writing style is so smooth and easy to read.

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25 C.H. Admirand November 13, 2012 at 7:46 AM

Hey Jen – thanks :) I’m so glad you enjoyed reading about the Garahan brothers…they kept me going for awhile there…and insisted that they get to go to their cousin’s wedding in Apple Grove (in bk 3). Thank you for the lovely compliments :P)

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26 Teresa November 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Have winners been announced?

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27 Keira December 25, 2012 at 8:59 PM

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